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Wit and humor. Satire

  • Twain's Brandby Judith Yaross Lee

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 137.50

    Samuel L. Clemens lost the 1882 lawsuit declaring his exclusive right to use "Mark Twain" as a commercial trademark, but he succeeded in the marketplace, where synergy among his comic journalism, live performances, authorship, and entrepreneurship made "Mark Twain" the premier national and international brand of American humor in his day. And so... more...

  • Where the Rogue Things Goby Will Durst

    Ulysses Press 2012; US$ 14.95

    A UNIQUE SEND UP OF A CHILDREN'S CLASSIC, WHERE THE ROGUES THINGS GO PRESENTS A HILARIOUS POLITICAL SATIRE OF SARAH PALIN?S UNCHECKED AMBITION AND SHOCKING RISE TO THE HEAD OF AMERICA?S CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. Creative and entertaining, the book begins with Sarah?s early episodes of bad behavior. It retells the time when she seemed doomed to suffer... more...

  • Newsloreby Russell Frank

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    Newslore is folklore that comments on and hinges on knowledge of current events. These expressions come in many forms: jokes, urban legends, digitally altered photographs, mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda, parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements, movie previews and posters, still or animated cartoons,... more...

  • Revel with a Causeby Stephen E. Kercher

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 21.00

    We live in a time much like the postwar era. A time of arch political conservatism and vast social conformity. A time in which our nation’s leaders question and challenge the patriotism of those who oppose their policies. But before there was Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce—liberal... more...

  • Calvinist Humor in American Literatureby Michael Dunne

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 29.95

    Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage... more...

  • Mark Twain?s Helpful Hints for Good Livingby Mark Twain; Lin Salamo; Michael Barry Frank; Victor Fischer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 29.95

    Irreverent, charming, eminently quotable, this handbook?an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race?contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress,... more...

  • On the Real Sideby Mel Watkins

    Chicago Review Press 1999; US$ 21.99

    This comprehensive history of black humor sets it in the context of American popular culture. Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos ?n? Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows... more...

  • What's So Funny?by Nancy A. Walker

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 29.99

    Critical studies attempting to define and dissect American humor have been published steadily for nearly one hundred years. However, until now, key documents from that history have never been brought together in a single volume for students and scholars. What's So Funny? Humor in American Culture , a collection of 15 essays, examines the meaning... more...

  • Necessary Madnessby Gregg Camfield

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 134.99

    This work offers an examination of the ways humour was used by major fiction writers in 19th-century America. It argues that humour served as an important tool to manage the ideology of domesticity so prevalent at the time, and shows how gender comes to bear upon comic techniques and sensibilities. more...

  • Very Serious Thingby Nancy A. Walker

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 54.00

    Defines why women have been blocked from participating in the mainstream of American comedy yet have overcome hurdles to produce a humor that is sustaining and spells survival for women in society. more...